Been here a while, but finally posting

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by valkgal, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. valkgal

    valkgal Chirping

    Oct 21, 2014
    Good evening, fellow backyard chicken friends!

    My name is Valerie, and I have 5 Barre Plymouth Rock ladies named Missy (short for Miss Adventure), Mimi, Royal, Cindy Lou Who and Ilyana. They are the sweetest, most adorable and funniest girls! I love them dearly. I ordered them from Estes Hatchery in September, and received them as day-olds on September 25. At that time, our city ordinance was 3 chickens, no roosters. I ordered 4, because one usually doesn't survive. They sent 5...because one usually doesn't survive. Luckily, despite Ilyana having a rough start, they all survived, and by the time I moved them outside, the city had updated the ordinance to let us have 6 chickens. Being in a neighborhood full of chicken lovers, we all took that to mean that we could have MORE than 5, and since it's NEVER good luck to get just one chicken at a time, I'll be getting two new girls in March [​IMG].

    I'm pretty proud of our coop setup. For several months, we had the coop inside our pen area. My smart girls quickly realized they could escape captivity by flying to the top of the coop, onto the pen, and into the neighborhood. Remember, our neighbors love chickens, so I'd often come home and go from home to home gathering my escape artists. A few weeks ago we moved the coop outside of the pen, built a "chunnel" (chicken tunnel) from the coop to the pen, and that solved the problem of chicken escapees! I've had a dog fence in the middle of the yard so that they can hang with me when I'm outside working, but today, they flew out of that, too. If I'm outside, I love it when they range, but their decision to range on their own doesn't sit well with me. Any ideas on how to corral my ladies when I'm outside hanging out would be greatly appreciated.

    At just over 20 weeks, my girls look fully grown with beautiful red faces, combs and wattles. They still haven't laid. I feed them yummy layer feed along with protein blocks and mealworms. I figure we'll have omelettes someday, but my girls are just taking their own sweet time laying.

    My husband is wonderfully supportive of my "chicken habit." After years of begging, pleading, reasoning and negotiating, he finally let me have the girls. I love them more than even I thought I would, and surprisingly, he loves them, too! He will often call me at work, letting me know that my girls are noisily requesting my attention. He says the only time they greet him with such enthusiasm is when he brings then water.

    So there you are! Thanks for all of the insight so far![​IMG]
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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your chickens! It sounds like you have a lovely flock.
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".

    You really can never have too many chickens![​IMG] Good luck with your birds.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Enjoy your flock and welcome to ours!

    Glad you joined!
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Valerie. Glad you decided to our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. :eek:) Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  7. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Valerie

    Glad you could join the flock! Have really enjoyed reading your introduction and all the adventures your chickens have been getting up to!! Sounds like you have a great set up for them and that they are very happy chickens! It's amazing how spouses who are not initially interested in the chickens at first soon come round once you actually have them home. They become very addictive creatures.

    Good luck with your flock I hope they continue to bring you lots of happiness and joy.

    Enjoy BYC :frow
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2015
  8. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!

    Going here, will help you get around BYC!!! Has loads of info on how to get around the site!

    How to insert pictures on BYC!!!!

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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. How does your Yorkie feel about the "girls."
  10. valkgal

    valkgal Chirping

    Oct 21, 2014
    My Yorkies loves my girls. Anytime you say, "Let's go see your ladies," he runs to the door to go outside. He hangs out in the pen with them. They treat him just like he's one of them. It's really cute. When they were little and still inside, he stood guard over them. The Lab is terrified of them when they're in the yard, but tries to play with them when they're penned.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2015

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